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The Mechanics of Composites for Energy and Mobility Laboratory (Composites Lab) is located at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and is part of the Physical Science and Engineering Division. The Composites Lab started at KAUST in 2009 and is an integrated environment for composite science combining modeling and experimental expertise in a single working environment.


OUR MISSION: Support Energy transition by providing innovative composite solutions or optimizing the usage of existing solutions in demanding Energy and Mobility applications


Our laboratory expertise incorporates three main areas:

  • Design of materials in representative environments of energy applications: In-situ testing facilities and characterization techniques (Generation of unique databases on well-identified frames), validated models in operational conditions (New models based on real in-situ observations and mechanism).
  • Microstructure manipulation for tailoring macroscopic response: Toughing mechanism using surface on in-volume spatial variations.
  • Structural health monitoring (SHM) and smart structures for composite infrastructures: Wireless surface gauges and integrated sensors, SHM/NDT/Inline/Online.


A project at the Composites Lab is characterized by the amalgamation of experimental and computational/modeling mechanics and encompasses people with very different backgrounds to ensure we capture all aspects of these complex problems.  In the Composites Lab, you will find skills ranging from theoretical mechanics, applied mathematics, and computer science to material science and chemical engineering. Our researchers are connected by their common passion for the fascinating potential of composite materials.

The Composites Lab develops and authenticates techniques to achieve better designs of composite material-based structures. Much of this research is done in close cooperation with major industrial partners.  This ensures a high level of applied research based on advanced theoretical concepts.


Dr. Gilles Lubineau.

Principal Investigator of Mechanics of Composites for Energy and Mobility | Professor of Mechanical Engineering 


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